Travel TV host, hosting reel: La Carmina fashion journalist, top style bloggers. Luisaviaroma Firenze4Ever in Italy, designer brand modeling photos.

June 29, 2011 at 19:47 | Posted in Press, Videos | 1 Comment

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La Carmina was recently flown to Florence, to take part in Luisaviaroma Firenze4Ever (event for 40 top fashion bloggers from around the world). You can see photos from the cocktail party and styling lab fashion blog.

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La Carmina and popular style bloggers.

Above is my updated TV hosting reel. As you may know, I specialize in travel, fashion, and subcultures; credits include: The Today Show, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, NHK Japan, Dutch Pepsi, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, Norway TV (NRK), Belgium TV (VRT) and CNN International.

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La Carmina and the Pirates, my coolhunting and consulting business, has been busy lately. Naomi and I have been helping stores buy wholesale from Japanese Goth Lolita Punk brands, consulting on creative projects like NHK’s Kawaii TV, helping bands find concert venues in Tokyo, and even tour-guiding a a Japanese client around California. We’re also working on various TV shows as hosts and fixers (local production coordinators).

If you’re interested in hiring us as consultants, connectors, TV hosts/fixers, or anything in our fields of expertise, please don’t hesitate to contact us for rates and more info.

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Many travels ahead… and tons of coverage to come from Hong Kong and Italy. I also recently released a charity T-shirt line, with proceeds going to help Japan. You can see photos and find out more here. Thanks for supporting!

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Tokyo TV documentary, Japan local production coordinator, translator & host for film & television.

May 18, 2011 at 10:15 | Posted in Press, Videos | 1 Comment

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La Carmina is currently in Hong Kong and Macau, for TV and journalism work… coverage coming right up, on http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/
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Yarr! Naomi and I had a wild time as host/fixers for the Norway TV show about Tokyo love culture. At long last, here are video clips (below and on YouTube).

The documentary about Japanese love and pop culture was beautifully shot and edited. In the clips, I show Ari Behn and Per Heimly how to properly bow and greet in Japan. I explain host club culture, and take them to the gaudy Club Ai in Kabuki-cho. We also visit the owner Takeshi Aida and his three giant poodles!

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Naomi and I run a coolhunting / trend consulting / TV hosting and arranging company: La Carmina & The Pirates.
– We specialize in Japan, Goth, alternative, cosplay, burlesque, LGBT, fashion, pop culture.
– Our services include TV production coordinating, on-camera hosting, Japanese translation and guiding, coolhunting, consulting.
– We’ve worked with CNN, NHK, Travel Channel, Canal Plus, Sony Australia, Dutch Pepsi, NRK Norway.
– For more about our services, please visit our Pirates website.

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On every mission, we make new friends and take home wild memories. Best job ever.

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Famous photographer Per Heimly captured his transformation into a Japanese host boy.

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Ari Behn, who is married to the Princess of Norway, gets a hell-raising hairstyle.

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All the photos and stories from the Norway TV shoot :
Half-naked Japanese host boys and their sky-high hair
Club Ai, the world’s gaudiest host club
Mermaid theme bar in Roppongi
Angel and Demons maid cafe
Absinthe and sushi party

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Look, we’re credited as “Koordinators” at the end!

Please feel free to contact La Carmina if you’d like to work with me in any capacity (TV hosting, arranging, speaking, writing, etc.) You can also keep in touch via my social networks below. Domo arigato gozaimasu.

What were your favorite moments in the TV documentary? Did you learn anything about Japanese love culture? I hope you can take a moment to watch my appearance in the Norway travel show video.

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TRAVEL JOURNALIST, WRITER & TV HOST. PRESS TRIPS, FAM TRIP FOR JOURNALISTS & BLOGGERS. LOS ANGELES MODELING FOR LIP SERVICE, WRITING & TELEVISION ANNOUNCEMENTS.

February 9, 2011 at 23:50 | Posted in Press | 3 Comments

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Lots of excitement in La Carmina’s life lately! I have new travel and fashion writing jobs in the work, as well as major TV projects. And there will be a giant, surprising announcement to be made soon. Please follow my main blog in order to find out the latest.

Sebastiano Serafini and I had the chance to model for international Goth Punk alternative clothing brand,  Lip Service. Above is an image from our Steampunk Vampire alt model photoshoot, taken in an LA dungeon. The rest of the photos are here.

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Seba and I had many meetings and model jobs, and hosted a New Year’s party at Bar Sinister. All the photos from our Hollywood Invasion are in this category. (We were hosted as press by the Orlando Hotel and received a rental car from Argus Rentals. If you are interested in sponsoring us, please email me).

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La Carmina will be the fashion guest at Anime Matsuri convention in Houston TX, Mar 18-20. I’m organizing and presenting an h.NAOTO fashion show!

I hope you can join me at the fifth year anniversary of Anime Matsuri, March 18-20th in Houston, Texas.

What: Hangry&Angry and Sixh – Japanese street fashion show
When: Friday, March 18th, 2011
Where: Main Events Arena, The Crowne Plaza Hotel (near Reliant), 8686 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77054
Tickets on sale now at www.animematsuri.com

Click for the full INFO = Hangry & Angry / Sixh runway show.

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LA CARMINA is a professional Japan Goth music / fashion / subcultures blogger, travel TV host & arranger, coolhunter, author of 3 books (Penguin USA and Random House), and journalist (Huffington Post, CNN).

Her popular blog has been featured in major publications (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD, Village Voice, Time Out New York, LA Times). She contributes articles about Asia travel, pop culture and Goth fashion for CNN and Huffington Post. Her books include Cute Yummy Time (about decorating food to look adorable) and Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo (maid cafes, cat cafes, vampire and ninja restaurants). La Carmina is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School.

La Carmina has appeared on The Today Show and co-hosted an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern for Travel Channel, which airs in 75 countries. NHK Japan filmed a documentary about her work; recent TV hosting and arranging credits include Dutch Pepsi, Norway TV, Sony Australia, Canal Plus France, and CNN International in Tokyo. She is in talks to host a TV show.

Introducing her TV hosting / fixing and Japan coolhunting business… La Carmina & The Pirates. http://www.lacarmina.com/pirates/

- We specialize in Japan, Goth, alternative, cosplay, burlesque, LGBT, fashion, pop culture.
– Our services include TV production coordinating, on-camera hosting, Japanese translation and guiding, coolhunting, consulting.
– We’ve worked with CNN, NHK, Travel Channel, Canal Plus, Sony Australia, Dutch Pepsi, Norway TV
– LEARN MORE – http://www.lacarmina.com/pirates/

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For more, please visit La Carmina’s website – http://www.lacarmina.com
EMAIL – gothiccarmina at gmail dot-com

HIRE A JAPANESE TV ARRANGER, PRODUCTION COORDINATOR, TRANSLATOR, ON-CAMERA HOST & GUIDE. COOLHUNTING FIRM.

October 6, 2010 at 22:41 | Posted in Press, Videos | Leave a comment

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Ahoy, me hearties! Ye be ready for a jolly announcement? I’ve officially launched a Japanese alt / trend consulting business with my friends: La Carmina & The Pirates. Translating, connecting, coolhunting, arranging for TV crews — we do it all.

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As you know, I’ve been working as a TV host and “fixer” (scheduling TV shoots) in Japan for some while. So my First Mate and I decided to set up a proper website to showcase our experience and services. Naomi Rubin is fluent in Japanese and a pro at scheduling/negotiating, making her the ideal mate to steer this ship. Her many talents included designing the handsome Pirate Basil logo!

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Why hire La Carmina & The Pirates?
† We’re active participants in alternative youth subcultures: including cosplay, Goth, burlesque, LGBT, Jpop culture.
So we’ve got the insight. Connections. Professional experience. We’re experts in Japanese trends, language and business formalities.

What can we do for you?
† Japan is notoriously difficult to access and film. As local production coordinators (fixers), we’ll take care of shooting permits, logistics and negotiations.
† La Carmina is a colorful TV host, author of 3 books, and popular blogger. As an on-camera guide,she can conduct interviews and speak knowledgably about trends.
† We’ll reach out to famous designers, artists, bands and fashionistas to be in your project.
+ We will promote your company to our large social network and blog audience worldwide.
† Cool hunting: we provide insight into underground cultures and trends.

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No pirate ship is complete without a Crew. Naomi and I work with reliable team of “pirates” that provides expert insight and access.

You can watch a reel of La Carmina’s TV hosting and arranging experiences above and here. These include CNN, NHK, Today Show, Anthony Bourdain No Reservations, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Dutch Pepsi. Full clips of all videos are on the new Pirates site.

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Please take a minute to visit the new La Carmina & The Pirates website – we can’t wait to hear what you think.

Can you think of any companies or individuals who might want to work with us? Please let us know, and keep us in mind for future projects!

TRAVEL TV HOST REEL, CNN INTERNATIONAL SHOW, FOOD NETWORK HOSTING.

July 17, 2010 at 22:54 | Posted in Press, Videos | 2 Comments


I compiled a reel of my travel TV hosting work, which you can see above and on YouTube. It includes CNN, Travel Channel Bizarre Foods, NHK, Today Show. I have more TV / hosting gigs in the works — very excited! If you’d like me to work with me in any capacity, shoot me an email.

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I can’t say enough nice words about Andrew Zimmern, host of the Bizarre Foods TV show on Travel Channel / Discovery. You may recall that I was his guide to weird theme restaurants in the Tokyo episode. I was amazed to see that in his Chow and Again blog for Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Andrew Zimmern gives me a shout-out: “My friend Carmina (her friends get to drop the La when addressing her royal hipsterness) pimps us out on her blog and if you don’t subscribe to this woman’s Facebook, blog, and Twitter feeds you are really missing out, kids.”

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And then he takes the niceness even further in his Travel Channel blog! Andrew discusses the Tokyo episode and says it’s too bad the show changed its focus from strange subcultures — “exotic alternative lifestyles like La Carmina and her posse” — back to bizarre foods. As a result, the episode had to be re-tooled a lot of our footage was cut.

Andrew Zimmern laments: “I wish you could have seen the original program in all its glory. For example, the theme restaurant act was not originally about the restaurants, it was about the people that I dined with. Cross dressing, fetish party going, club crazy, hipster chic and phenomenally great company, La Carmina and her friends adore Tokyo because it’s the world’s trend setting capital, a city where you can be whatever you want.

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Speaking of eccentric fashion and theme restaurants… I did an interview with Hong Kong food website Asian Palate. I talk about how I became a foodie, and the oddest Tokyo theme restaurants such as “bonsai-shaped cake delivered by ninjas.” You can read the full interview here and after the jump. (And there’s more about my Theme Restaurants book on this page.)

I uploaded a recent TV segment on YouTube: “La Carmina interviews Rituals Gothic designer Kenzo-A about the evolution of Harajuku fashion for CNN. They shop along Takeshita Doori and visit Takuya Angel’s store to try on clothes. This segment appeared on the Tokyo episode of CNNGo TV and aired on CNN International.”

If you like the episode and want to see more, please subscribe to my YouTube channel – many more on the way. You can see photos and the entire CNN TV show in this post.

FOR MY DAILY PHOTOS AND WORK UPDATES, please visit my main La Carmina blog, http://www.lacarmina.com/blog

LA CARMINA CO-HOSTING TRAVEL CHANNEL TV SHOW, ANDREW ZIMMERN’S BIZARRE FOODS. NEW SEASON, EPISODES PREMIERE APRIL 26TH.

April 21, 2010 at 09:38 | Posted in Press | 5 Comments


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Travel Channel has posted a “teaser reel” for the new season of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. And look who’s in it for a second: La Carmina and Mistress Maya! We’re locked in a cell at the horror-jail theme restaurant Alcatraz ER. The wonderfully intrepid Zimmern drinks red slush from the mannequin’s head and exclaims… “That’s good!”

Don’t blink or you’ll miss our appearance at 0:05 in the video above and on YouTube. Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern premieres Monday, April 26 at 10 E/P on Travel Channel. I believe the Tokyo episode will the fourth in the series — will keep you updated! For more photos and stories of the Tokyo TV shoot, please check out this blog post and my book, Crazy Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo.

I also filmed a cute food demo (above and here) at Penguin Books’ headquarters in NYC. It was great fun to work with the creative team, who built a backdrop using photos from my book. If you’re hungry for adorably-decorated recipes inspired by the Japanese bento decoration trend, please consider my cookbook Cute Yummy Time.

Finally, Death Ray Weekly interviewed me. My personal opinion of Mana-Sama? “Inspiring, enigmatic… DIX love!”

To see all recent press (The New Yorker, Washington Post, WWD,
Village Voice, Time Out New York, LA Times), click here. Media and interview requests can be sent to La Carmina at this email.

CUTE YUMMY TIME BENTO COOKBOOK IN URBAN OUTFITTERS! JAPANESE POP CULTURE BOOKS CARRIED BY MAJOR CLOTHING RETAILER.

March 28, 2010 at 22:07 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 2 Comments

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Amazing news: I heard my Japan bento inspired cookbook, Cute Yummy Time, is on display at Urban Outfitters! My book is carried in the NYC stores and other US locations, and coming to Canadian branches soon. You can also see more and purchase it here.

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CNNGO published an exclusive, original cute recipe of mine: Winking Coconut Gelatin. Healthy and refreshing — and adorable. Also from the 4-part series: Penguin Onigiri and Tiger Chicken Tikka Masala. There’s info about my cute cookbook on this page — please consider checking it out, so that I can continue to put out books for you!

BENTO DEMO, HOW-TO TUTORIAL FOR CUTE CHARACTER BENTOS ON TV SHOW. JAPANESE COOKING SHOWS, KAWAII BENTO PROGRAM.

March 11, 2010 at 01:00 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time, Videos | Leave a comment


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The NHK documentary about cute bentos has aired! Come watch my segments on my YouTube channel (please subscribe) or embedded below. Japanese TV is absolutely bananas, isn’t it?

In Part 1, I show the reporter how to draw and create cute character bentos. How many times can you spot my Scottish Fold cat, Basil Farrow?

Part 2 documents my visit to the Harlem elementary school to teach children (and their parents) how to make cute and healthy sandwiches. Don’t you love their enthusiasm?

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Some parts didn’t make the final cut: the reporter and I had a five minute race to make cute food faces, and there was a segment where I modeled my fashion line. But I’ll post behind-the-scenes videos from the shoot later on (shot by Shichi, as were the photos above). You can see more from the NHK Japanese TV show in the last few pages of this blog — and to learn cute bento-making, do consider my book Cute Yummy Time!

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Yesterday was an interesting press day. The Guardian (UK newspaper) reported that Cute Yummy Time was named one of the oddest book titles of the year — along with “Bondage for Beginners” and other head-scratchers. I hope my book makes the shortlist…

What do you think of NHK documentary? Are you eager to make kawaii character bentos now?

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March 11, 2010 at 00:58 | Posted in Press, Videos | 4 Comments


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Let’s bundle up and travel back in time to NYC for a minute… Have you watched the NHK documentary about cute bentos yet? I put my segments in this post.

A bonus for you: behind the scenes footage! Shichi shot some videos of the first day’s shoot, where I showed the reporter my bento creations and demonstrated how to make cute faces out of food. You can see the video above and on my YouTube channel (thanks to everyone who subscribed).

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Here are some more photos from the New York Wave TV shoot. Left: I’m cutting a mouth into the koala, who is a multigrain pancake with blueberry eyes and a blackberry nose. Right: My Yumi London dress with Vivienne Westwood leggings (see more outfit photos here.)

HEALTHY EATING FOR CHILDREN, RECIPES FOR PICKY EATERS. KIDS COOKING, MAKING CUTE FACED SANDWICHES AT NEW YORK SCHOOL.

February 1, 2010 at 08:32 | Posted in Press, The Book: Cute Yummy Time | 2 Comments


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I began my speech by telling the Harlem schoolchildren that I brought a cute friend with me. I pulled her out of a large bag… and they awwed in recognition: “It’s Hello Kitty!”

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I talked about kawaii in Japanese culture and character bentos, and gave pointers on healthy eating. The nine-year-olds were very high-energy and asked me rambling questions. Then it was time for the students to try making their own cute-faced sandwiches. They chose ingredients from the spread I had prepped the previous day. By the end of the shoot, almost everything was gone!

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The children intuitively understood how to use cookie cutters, straws and other basic tools to make kawaii characters out of food. I went around the tables to help and encourage them.

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Amazingly, the children ate vegetables that they’d never seen before — sprouts, green snap peas, red peppers — and said they tasted great. Their parents took away a fun, new approach to making healthy food accessible for kids. I was pleased.

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Hana cheered, “Let’s make kawaii character bentos together!” — and we all raised our fists and yelled “Yayyyyy!” Ah, the wonders of Japanese TV.

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You will love the episode of New York Wave, which will air next month on NHK (I’ll upload clips). Much thanks to Thomas, a teacher at the school, for his invaluable help in making the lesson possible. Arigato also to Shichi for the photos and help in dishing out the food.

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For more images from the Harlem TV segment, you can watch this video slideshow. If you’re interested in cute healthy cooking for picky eaters, I have a new book out, Cute Yummy Time.

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Received my Akumi Ink x La Carmina t-shirts today and AHH the prints are so eye-catching! Each tee and hoodie is hand-screened; you won’t be disappointed by the quality. (They’re available for order at www.akumuink.com — I’ll post photos of me in them soon.)

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